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January

January 7-22 - The National Western Stock Show will be held in Denver, CO. This event features more than 15,000 head of horses, cattle, sheep, swine, goats, llamas, alpacas, bison, yak, poultry and rabbits each year. Visit www.nationalwestern.com for more information.

January 12-13 - The Minnesota Organic Conference will be held in St. Cloud, MN. Visit www.mda.state.mn.us/moc or call Cassie at 651-201-6134 for more information.

January 13-February 4 – The 121st Annual Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo will be held in Fort Worth, TX. The event features world-class livestock shows, kid-friendly exhibits, carnival/midway fun, live music, unique daily shopping and nightly rodeos. Over 1 million visitors and 22,000 head of livestock participate each year. Visit www.fwssr.com for more information.

January 20-21 - The 21st Annual Vermont Grazing and Livestock Conference will be held at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT. Visit https://www.uvm.edu/~pasture/conference.html for more information.

January 25-28 - The American Sheep Industry Association Convention will be held in Denver, CO. Visit http://www.sheepusa.org/About_Events_Convention for more information.

January 25-28 - The EcoFarm Conference "Cultivating Diversity" will be held in Pacific Grove, CA. Visit www.eco-farm.org for more information.

January 25-28 - The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Conference "Practical Tools & Solutions for Sustainable Family Farms" will be held in Lexington, KY. Visit www.ssawg.org for more information.

January 27 - An 'Artist Reception' in the Belties Lounge at Galloway Ridge will be held from 3:30-4:30pm in Pittsboro, NC. The Livestock Conservancy's Jeannette Beranger will exhibit four pieces depicting traditional breeds of the south including Dominique chickens, Gulf Coast sheep, Pineywoods cattle, and Banker horses. For more information, call Pat Richardson at 919-642-6893.

January 27 - Flavors: Historic California will be held at The Autry Museum in Los Angeles, CA. Explore the journey from farm to table during this fascinating culinary series of thematic pop-up dinners combining historical and environmentally sustainable ingredients. This meal combines heritage livestock with indigenous plants to create dishes that would be familiar to Californians over the centuries. From authentic Longhorn beef—imported by the Spanish rancheros—to nopales salad, these flavors create a unique taste experience that will take you back in time. Visit https://theautry.org/events/special-events/flavors-historic-california or call 323-667-2000 for more information.

February

February 1-4 - The 26th Annual Farming for the Future Conference will be held at Penn Stater Conference Center in State College, PA. Visit www.pasafarming.org/conference or call 814-349-9856 for more information.

February 2-4 - The 25th Annual Grazing Conference will be held in Wisconsin Dells, WI. Visit http://grassworks.org/?110340 for more information.

February 9 - Grazing for Change workshop will be held by the Hungry Turtle Institute in Amery, WI. Dig into the principles and practices of holistic management in a full day workshop led by Gabe Brown and his son Paul Brown. This is an essential event for farmers and ranchers seeking new tools and practices to cope with drought, rising production costs, and pasture availability. Subjects for discussion include soil regeneration, cover crops, integrating livestock, stacking enterprises, direct marketing farm products, and generational transitioning. For more information on Gabe Brown, visit www.brownsranch.us Register over the phone 715-268-3484 or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grazing-workshop-tickets-29988119272?aff=ehomecard

February 9-11 - The 38th Annual Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) Conference "Growing Today, Transforming Tomorrow" will be held in Dayton, OH. Workshops, a trade show, local and organic meals, a kids' conference, childcare, and keynote speakers. Visit www.oeffa.org/conference2017 for more information.

★ February 18-19 - The Mother Earth News Fair will be held in Belton, TX. This fun-filled, family-oriented sustainable lifestyle event features dozens of practical, hands-on demonstrations and workshops on everything from beekeeping to using solar electricity. Visit www.motherearthnewsfair.com for more information.

February 24 - Flavors: Future of Food will be held at The Autry Museum in Los Angeles, CA. Explore the journey from farm to table during this fascinating culinary series of thematic pop-up dinners combining historical and environmentally sustainable ingredients. Join us for a meal selected for sustainability, with smaller, flavorful breeds and locally sourced ingredients from a time of less intensive agriculture and greater species diversity. Using cuts of meat that minimize waste and livestock more suited for a changing climate, this meal reduces environmental impact while enhancing the flavors on your plate. Visit https://theautry.org/events/special-events/flavors-future-food or call 323-667-2000 for more information.

★ February 25 - The Successful Small Farms Opportunities Conference will be held in Louisburg, NC. The Livestock Conservancy will present on heritage poultry production and marketing. Visit http://www.franklincountyfarmfresh.com/news/smallFarmsConference.php for more information, email martha_mobley@ncsu.edu, or call 919-496-3344.

March

★ March 6 - The Organic Commodities and Livestock Conference will be held in Mount Olive, NC. Livestock Conservancy staff will present on raising heritage goats in the southeast. For more information, visit https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/oclc/ or call 919-542-2402.

March 10 - The Forum for Rural Innovation will take place in Winchester, VA. The purpose of the forum is to showcase new and exciting projects and programs that enhance farm or rural business profitability. The day will be filled with exhibits and panels, offering opportunities for networking and education. Hear how individual farms, businesses and universities are planning for agriculture. Visit biz.loudoun.gov/forum for more information.

March 11-12 - The Organic Growers School Spring Conference will be held in Asheville, NC. 70+ sessions per day: practical, affordable, regionally-focused workshops on growing, permaculture, homesteading, and urban farming. Trade show, seed exchange, kid’s program. www.Organicgrowersschool.org.

March 25 - The High Desert Wool Growers 20th Annual Fiber Market Day will be held in Prineville, OR. For more information, visit www.highdesertwoolgrowers.org.

April

★★ April 7-8 - The Livestock Conservancy's "From Service to Stewardship" workshop for military veterans will be held in Lexington, VA. By supporting veterans who raise heritage breeds, The Livestock Conservancy simultaneously serves its own mission of livestock and poultry breed conservation. Visit https://livestockconservancy.org/index.php/what/internal/veterans-workshop for more information.

April 22 - Heartland Highland Cattle Asociation's 6th annual Scottish Highland Cattle Auction will be held in Lebanon, MO. There will be a great selection of Highland animals available for you to acquire registered and unregistered breeding stock, feeder animals and excellent beef. Come early to see the animals up close in their pens and get more infomation from their owners. Visit www.highlandauction.com for more information.

May

★★ May 4-5 - MOTHER EARTH NEWS INSTITUTE: The Power of Poultry will be held in Fletcher, NC. There will be a full slate of programming on the basics of keeping poultry throughout both days. This event is designed to be very personal and interactive, so space is strictly limited. Reservations are available first-come, first-served. Tickets and more information are available at www.motherearthnewsinstitute.com.

★ May 6-7 - The Mother Earth News Fair will be held in Fletcher, NC. This fun-filled, family-oriented sustainable lifestyle event features dozens of practical, hands-on demonstrations and workshops on everything from beekeeping to using solar electricity. Visit www.motherearthnewsfair.com for more information.

May 6-7 - The 44th Annual Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival will be held at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, MD. Visit www.sheepandwool.org for more information.

★★ May 21-27 - International Heritage Breeds Week will be held worldwide to raise awareness of endangered Heritage breeds of livestock and poultry. The week of awareness was launched by The Livestock Conservancy in America in 2015 and heritage breed farmers and the public are encouraged to spread the word throughout their networks. The week of awareness culminates with Heritage Breeds Day where many farms, ranches, and organizations will hold local events such as farm tours, workshops, or lectures to raise awareness in their communities. Visit www.HeritageBreedsWeek.org to learn more.

June

★ June 1-25 - The 15th International Red Poll Congress and Tour will be hosted by the American Red Poll Association and held throughout the middle of the United States in OH, IN, IL, MO, KS, KY, TN and NC for 25 days in June. This event promises to be a very exciting, educational event. To make reservations and for more information, visit http://www.americanredpolls.com/international-red-poll-congress-and-tour/

★ June 8-10 - The World Pork Expo will be held in Des Moines, IA. Each year, 20,000 pork producers and other professionals make World Pork Expo the world's largest pork-specific trade show. Visit https://www.worldpork.org for more information.

June 10 - The SVF Annual Visitors Day will be held in Newport, RI. Take free self-guided tours through the historic Swiss Village, peek into the state-of-the-art facilities and meet the SVF laboratory, veterinary, and animal care staff, visit Chip, a rare Tennessee myotonic goat born from a frozen embryo, and learn about other endangered breeds of livestock, attend live cryogenics and sheep shearing demonstrations, and shop SVF’s selection of farm products and heritage breed meat. Visit https://www.svffoundation.org/news/2017-annual-visitors-day/ for more information.

★ June 10-11 - The Mother Earth News Fair will be held in Burlington, VT. This fun-filled, family-oriented sustainable lifestyle event features dozens of practical, hands-on demonstrations and workshops on everything from beekeeping to using solar electricity. Visit www.motherearthnewsfair.com for more information.

July

July 16 - The Exchange Place FarmFest will be held in Kingsport, TN. Every July, Kingsport's community-wide Fun Fest celebration takes place all over town, which includes Exchange Place, the area’s living history farm which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Known as FarmFest, the focus is on children’s “play” and “chores” and demonstrations of summertime activities on a 19th century farmstead, which includes meeting the horses, cow, sheep, donkey and pigs who live at Exchange Place. Completely free to the public, due to the generosity of Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, all the historic buildings will be open on Sunday, July 16, from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm. Drinks and light snacks are also available. Visit https://www.exchangeplace.info for more information.

August

August 3 - Holistic & Organic Livestock Management 101 Webinar – Options for Cattle Ranchers will be held online. Organic and Holistic Management are two approaches to sustainable livestock husbandry. This introductory webinar with the CCOF Foundation and Holistic Management International will explore the intersections between organic and Holistic Management systems for cattle operations. The webinar will review the basic principles of both approaches, then will explore how the two approaches can work together for cattle ranchers looking to cultivate economically and environmentally sustainable operations. More info & registration: https://www.ccof.org/holistic-organic-livestock-management

August 4-6 - Soil Sisters, A celebration of Wisconsin Family Farms and Rural Life will be held in southern Wisconsin. Farm tours, Farm to Table dinners, hands-on workshops, and more. Visit www.soilsisterswi.org for more information.

★ August 5-6 - The Mother Earth News Fair will be held in Albany, OR. This fun-filled, family-oriented sustainable lifestyle event features dozens of practical, hands-on demonstrations and workshops on everything from beekeeping to using solar electricity. Visit www.motherearthnewsfair.com for more information.

September

September 7-9 - The Rockbridge Fair & Expo will be held in Lexington, VA. Rare livestock parades, oxen workshop and demos, goat costumes, hog agility and chicken show, sheep to shawl. Chicken show, horse pull etc. Visit www.rockbridgefairandexpo.org for more information.

September 8-9 - Organic Grower School's Harvest Conference "Savor the Abundance" will be held in Swannanoa, NC, near Asheville. Workshops include: whole hog charcuterie, fall and winter chicken care, permaculture, seasonal cooking and more. Visit www.organicgrowersschool.org or call 828-214-7833 for more information.

★ September 15-17 - The Mother Earth News Fair will be held in Seven Springs, PA. This fun-filled, family-oriented sustainable lifestyle event features dozens of practical, hands-on demonstrations and workshops on everything from beekeeping to using solar electricity. Visit www.motherearthnewsfair.com for more information.

September 21-24 - The Annual Spanish Barb Horse Association Meeting will be held in Faywood, NM. Visit http://www.spanishbarb.org for more information.

September 22-October 1 - Dressage at Devon will be held in Devon, PA. Dressage at Devon - CDI-W/Y/J has been the premier North American equestrian event since 1975.  It combines world class dressage competition and the world's largest open breed show with the international Fall Festival shops and special activities for the entire family. Visit www.dressageatdevon.org for more information.

September 23-24 - The Lehigh Valley Fiber Festival will be held at Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, Emmaus, PA. Ah-Ha! Arts Management is overjoyed to be collaborating with the Wildlands Conservancy at Pool Wildlife Sanctuary to bring you the Lehigh Valley Fiber Festival. Over 50 artisans, food trucks, live demonstrations, classes, book signings and so much more. This event promises fun for the entire family. There will be kids' crafts, nature walks, and the opportunity to explore the 77 acre preserve when not enjoying the fiber goodness. Visit http://lvfiberfest.com/index.html or contact Allison Mackenzie: 610.570.2662; allison@ah-haartsmgmt.com for more information.

September 23-24 - The Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival will be held in Canby, OR. The festival includes workshops, demonstrations, livestock shows, seminars, and kids' activities. Visit www.flockandfiberfestival.com for more information.

September 28 - The Akhal-Teke Association of America Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Banquet will be held at the Homewood Suites in Devon, PA. Visit http://www.akhal-teke.org/ataa-news for more information.

September 28-30 - The American Red Poll Association 73rd National Meeting and Sale will be held at Murray State University, Hutson school of agriculture in Murray, KY. For more information, call Kaye Gilbert at 765-425-4515 or visit www.americanredpolls.com.

September 30-October 1 - The Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival will be held in Turnbridge, VT., celebrating small farms and natural fiber with over 70 vendors offering fleece and yarn, fiber animals, handspinning and fiber crafting equipment and supplies, handcrafted wool items and local meat and cheese. The Festival includes contests, fiber arts classes and demonstrations, shepherd workshops, herding and shearing demos, fleece sale and more. Visit http://vtsheepandwoolfest.com/ or email vtsheepandwoolfest@gmail.com for more information.

October

October 1-5 - The 94th American Rabbit Breeders Association (A.R.B.A.) Convention and Show will be held in Indianapolis, IN. Visit http://www.indyarbaconvention.com/ for more information.

October 5 - The Dutch Belted Cattle Association of America Annual Meeting will be held at 1:00pm at the Globe outside the coliseum at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI. Visit http://www.dutchbelted.com/ for more information.

October 3-7 - The 50th Annual World Dairy Expo will be held in Madison, WI. World Dairy Expo serves as a forum for dairy producers, companies, organizations and other dairy enthusiasts to come together to compete, and to exchange ideas, knowledge, technology and commerce. Visit http://worlddairyexpo.com for more information.

October 14-15 - The 2017 Cleveland Bay Horse Society of North America Annual General Meeting will be held at Colonial Williamsburg, VA. Further details will be posted as available. Contact info@clevelandbay.org with any questions.

★ October 21-22 - The Mother Earth News Fair will be held in Topeka, KS. This fun-filled, family-oriented sustainable lifestyle event features dozens of practical, hands-on demonstrations and workshops on everything from beekeeping to using solar electricity. Visit www.motherearthnewsfair.com for more information.

Late October - The Great Goat and Sheep Gathering will be held. Please visit www.NARGASA.org, email NARGASA.org@gmail.com, or call Yvonne at 406-403-4070 for updates and to register for the Gathering.

November

★ November 4 - The Montpelier Hunt Races will be held in Montpelier Station, VA. Visit https://www.montpelierraces.org for more information.

★ November 9-11 - The Heritage Livestock Conference will be held in Williamsburg, VA. Click here for more information.

November 11-12 - The Ohio National Poultry Show will be held in Columbus, OH. Visit www.ohionational.org for more information.

December

December 1-3 - Cleveland Bay horse enthusiasts are planning to host Cleveland Bay breed classes at theTexas Rose Autumn Breed Show in Tyler, TX.  Purebred and Part-bred/Sport Horse Breeding classes are planned. All Cleveland Bay enthusiasts are encouraged to join in for a tailgate lunch "Meet and Greet." Email info@clevelandbay.org for more details.

December 2 - Highland Cattle Auction will be held at the Sycamore Springs Exotic Sale Barn in Locust Grove, OK. Visit www.highlandauction.com or call 417-345-0575 for more information.

★★ December 31 - DEADLINE to update information and submit ads for the Livestock Conservancy's 2018 Breeders and Products Directory. If needed, log in to update your information online here. Email Ryan Walker or call 919-542-5704 for more information about advertising in the directory.


 

 

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January

January 11-12 - The Minnesota Organic Conference will be held in St. Cloud, MN. 30+ breakout sessions on soils, crops, livestock, certification, marketing, & more. Visit www.mda.state.mn.us/moc for more information.

January 17-20 - The Southern SAWG Conference "Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms" will be held in Chattanooga, TN. Visit www.ssawg.org for more information.

January 30-February 1 - The Grazing Conference "Covering All Ground" will be held in Wisconsin Dells, WI.Landowners, farmers, graziers, and agency staff will gather to discuss beef, dairy, sheep, goats, rabbits, poultry, and more. Visit www.grassworks.org/events/grazing-conference/ for more information.

February

February 15-17 - The 39th Annual Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) Conference "A Taste for Change" will be held in Dayton, OH. Sustainable food and farming workshops, a trade show, from-scratch meals, a kids' conference, childcare, and keynote speakers. Visit www.oeffa.org/conference2018 for more information.

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